Plaza Drive-In

2140 West Clay,
St. Charles, MO 63302

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Plaza Drive-In

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One of two drive-ins in St. Charles County owned and operated by Mid America Theatres, the St. Charles Drive-In was the older of the two and opened in 1951 with a capacity of 800 cars. In 1959, it was renamed Plaza Drive-In. It started out with regular main stream movies but during the 1970’s they began showing soft-core porn. This created problems with the residents of St. Charles and some of the city officials. After some time they went back to the main stream movies but to no avail.

The Plaza Drive-In closed in 1983. The screen has been torn down but the entrance and the box office are still standing.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on July 9, 2005 at 2:59 am

There is now nothing left of the Plaza Drive-In. Lindenwood College purchased the property and has razed everything so they can add more buildings.

JAlex
JAlex on October 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm

The drive-in opened in July 1951 as the St. Charles Drive-In.

Renamed the Plaza Drive-In in 1959 when Mid-America took over operation.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

The address should be 2140 West Clay, not West Clary…

Cholla
Cholla on October 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

One day a few years ago I took a “tour” of what was left of the concession stand/projection booth. I found in some of the rubble a couple film takeup sprockets from a projector. These became part of a project at work in which I modified a long roll 35mm still camera.
I think I still have one of those spools in my desk somewhere….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

You can find quite a few “treasures” in old Theatres.I have a basement full.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

In Wehrenberg’s 100th Anniversary book, the Plaza is listed as a theater they operated? Is that true? It had to have been in 1983-84 timeframe and could only have been for a very short time (less than a year), as it closed in either ‘83 or '84.

JAlex
JAlex on October 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Let’s just say that was (another) mistake in the Wehrenberg book. My research has shown it was advertised as a Mid-America house from when they took over operation in 1959 (and renamed it the Plaza) until closing night on September 5, 1983.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

That’s what I thought, JAlex…I couldn’t remember Wehrenberg ever running that place. Thanks for clearing that up…and thanks for the closing date. That does sound about right.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

A slightly blurry picture of the Plaza from 1974 can be seen here: http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/motplaz001.jpg

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